R’ Dovid Shimon Segelman, a member of the Lubavitch community in London, England was recently awarded with an MBE by Princess Anne.
The award, “to be made a Member of the Most Excellent Order of The British Empire,” was granted to Segelman for his services to the Jewish community in North London.
This included, among other things, his many years of work for Chizuk, a mental health support organization for the Jewish community; Ahada, a Jewish cross-communal bereavement counselling service and involvement with Drugsline,the Ilford-based center fighting addiction.
At the investiture at Buckingham Palace on Tuesday, the 7th of Kislev, Princess Anne commented that it was obvious that Mr. Segelman had been adding one act of kindness after the other.
Segelman was accompanied by his wife Shoshana Segelman who works in Lubavitch House of London, his mother H. Segelman from Leeds, and his father in law, Professor P. Novak from Newcastle.
In an unprecedented move, another 23 members of Segelman’s family were invited into the palace grounds for official photographs.
Segelman was then greeted at the palace gates by the girls from Lubavitch Junior School of Stamford Hill.
As reported on COLlive, Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin, Director of Chabad Lubavitch Centre and Drugsline in Ilford, Essex, UK, has also received an MBE.